Besides economy and performance, there also is the prestige factor. Bragging rights are a strong feature of Korean culture and the domestic diesels approach the status of the coveted German imports that mostly are diesel-powered....More
Perhaps reflecting the growing tensions between the U.S. and Russia over the Ukraine crisis, Ford Focus deliveries plunged 54% in April to 2,549 units. Year-to-date Focus sales retreated 51% from like-2013 to 10,923 units....More
Ambient lighting takes center stage in the 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors competition. Even certain vehicles that failed to make the cut manage to deliver impressive cabin lighting that is soft, distinctive, occasionally sporty and, at times, romantic.
Automakers are working to expand not only by exporting but also by producing compact vehicles, increasing dealerships and promoting rural sales and service within India. The domestic manufacturers face the additional challenge of strengthening their technological capabilities....More
While both Hyundai and Kia forecast sluggish markets that will limit growth for 2014, and report operating and net income was down in 2013, union negotiators likely will not perceive them to be in dire straits....More
Australian Automobile Assn. Executive Director Andrew McKellar says April’s 6.2% slump reflects dwindling consumer sentiment over the upcoming federal budget, which could include big tax increases....More
WardsAuto editors gather for the final two roundtable discussions announcing the winners for the 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors. Vehicles discussed include: Kia Soul+, Mazda3, Mercedes-Benz S550, Rolls-Royce Wraith and VW GTI....More
WardsAuto highlights some of the disappointing features identified in vehicles evaluated for 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors. Problems range from fit-and-finish and ergonomics to comfort and overall layout. These are the types of issues that result in lower scores for vehicles in the competition.
A concise summation of all 41 interiors evaluated as part of the 2014 competition. Many of these comments are taken directly from score sheets submitted by WardsAuto editors. Prices listed are sticker....More
WardsAuto editors gather for the final two roundtable discussions announcing the winners for the 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors. Vehicles discussed include: Chevy Corvette, Chrysler 200C, GMC Sierra Denali, Hyundai Equus Ultimate and Jeep Cherokee Limited....More
Ultracaps, long considered too costly for widespread application in light vehicles, appear to be gaining traction – albeit ever so slowly – as electrification takes hold and automakers find the technology’s advantages harder to resist....More
Networked vehicles that can communicate with each other and the infrastructure open up a new range of possibilities for user functions that will make driving safer, more comfortable and environmentally friendly, the supplier says....More